Here we provide useful tips on creating and maintaining a beautiful and sustainable home landscape, with special emphasis on what works well here in Contra Costa. Our most recent publication is Trees Suitable for Planting in Lawns in Contra Costa County, which we hope you will find useful. Questions about information in any of our publications can be directed to our Help Desk.
Since 2014, we've gotten more and more questions about the drought. Here are some tips put together by the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa.
Some FAQs and Contra Costa Times articles are listed below that address home landscaping questions we receive often.
- Black Soldier Fly Larvae in Worm Bins
- Soil Testing
- Local Frost Dates
- Growing Oaks from Acorns
- Wood Ashes Change Soil Chemistry
- Fire Blight in Spring
- Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles
- Horticultural Oils for Insect Control
- Leafhoppers: Transitory Insects
- Natives-Water or Not
- Weeds & Weed Seeds
- Killer Lilies
- Pruning Hydrangeas for Best Bloom
- Boron in Irrigation Water
- Pressure-Treated Lumber for Raised Beds
- Managing Oxalis (Bermuda Buttercup)
- Mistletoe Infestations in Trees
- Frost Protection for Tender Plants
- Protect Plants from Sunburn
- Deer in the Garden
- Growing Acid Loving Plants
- Growing Coast Redwoods
- Lawn Thatch Buildup
- Anthracnose in Spring
- UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
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